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Re: Minor edits to draft 04

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 1996 17:54:19 PDT
To: dmk@allegra.att.com
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <96Jun10.175433pdt.2733@golden.parc.xerox.com>
About the spec:
>>   HTTP/1.1 applications that do not support persistent connections
>>   MUST include the "close" connection option in every message.

Dave Kristol wrote:

> Just a nit, but I think SHOULD is more appropriate here than MUST.  We
> have long agreed that applications must be prepared for the connection
> to close connections anyway, so there's small advantage to an
> application's receiving the "close".  It's merely cleaner, IMO.

It's not inconsistent with the rest of the spec for us to require
("MUST") that senders be strict in what they send (send "close" option
in every message) even while recipients are liberal in what they
accept (be prepared for the connection to close anyway). This nit need
not be picked.

Larry
Received on Monday, 10 June 1996 17:57:46 EDT

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